12 Things You Missed At The Malaysia Generation T List Launch 2018

By Lily Ong

On 27th April, a heavy downpour did not deter our society’s brightest minds from coming out to play at Mandarin Oriental KL. Here are 12 highlights from the annual event that made #GenerationT2018 an unforgettable night.

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Cover  Photo: Richard Chin

1. An entertaining photobooth to break the ice during a sit-down dinner, thanks to UOB Bank

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Above  Chiaw Haw Choon, Lee Williamson and Iqbal Ameer having a ball. Photo: Sean Wong

When you put guests that hail from different age, industries, cultures and background in one location, a little help goes a long way in making sure everyone in the room connect with each other. For our Generation T dinner, this ‘help’ came in the form of a photo booth with loads of fun and cheerful props to use, courtesy of UOB Bank. By the time it was time for dinner, our guests were all warmed up and ready for the evening ahead.

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2. Top-notch food from the chefs at Mandarin Oriental KL that set the mood

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Above  The cherry bomb was a highlight in an all-star menu. Photo: Richard Chin

The three-course dinner from the culinary team at Mandarin Grill was a joy to savour from start to finish, which began with an amuse-bouche of Spanish octopus with golden potato and arbequina oil. The starter is a light torched hamachi, which is followed by a main course of truffle crusted beef tenderloin or Atlantic black cod and finished with a cherry bomb. There was also a separate menu available for our vegan and vegetarian guests.

Each meal is carefully paired with handpicked wines courtesy of Moet Hennessy Diageo, as presented by its wine representative, Ronan de La Morlais.

3. An engaging talk by our Generation T issue cover stars

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Above  Denise Chiew, William Sin and Dzameer Dzulkifli. Photo: Richard Chin

Our keynote speaker for the night was two-time Generation T lister and managing director of Teach for Malaysia, Dzameer Dzulkifli.

He took the floor to talk about why he chose the path of social entrepreneurship through education. He is joined in this talk by volunteers William Sin and Denise Chiew, who went with him back to school for our May 2018 cover story.

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4. The indulgence continues—with more photo-taking at the BMW X2

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Above  The BMW X-2 was a favourite among guests.

With the dinner wrapped, the party spirit continued at our ensuing launch party—where our dinner guests joined another 200 guests for our official launch party. Upon arrival, there are more opportunities for photo-taking for our guests; from a photo wall at the registration to a freeze cam photo booth.

But a really popular photo-taking spot is at the bold BMW X2 on display, with the word "Be The One Who Dares" boldly emblazoned on its exteriors. Clearly, this must have struck a chord because guests like Vincent Tan and Shaine Wong were among the many who flocked to the car snap a pic for their social media.


5. A special performance by Zee Avi

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Above  Zee Avi and AZ Samad in action. Photo: Mahathir Ramli Kamaruddin

Generation T lister for 2017, Zee Avi, thrilled our guests when she came onstage to perform.

She started out with Honey Bee. This was followed by Julie London’s Cry Me A River with legendary guitarist AZ Samad stepping in to riff with her. Last but not least was a performance of Kantoi, a tongue-in-cheek Manglish song, that had guests clapping along at the nostalgic tune.

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6. A successful fundraiser to make a difference with Teach for Malaysia

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Above  Dzameer Dzulkifli from Teach For Malaysia poses with Edipresse Asia's Lee Williamson and Florence Fang. Photo: Richard Chin

That night, we also announced that we have raised RM105,000 for Teach For Malaysia from the Tatler and Generation T community.

This is achieved thanks to the generosity of these following donors: Dato’ Sri Jeffrey Raymond, Dato’ Jaime Chan Abdullah, Dato’ Kevin Yong, Datuk Radzali Hassan, Datuk Kelvin Tan, Berjaya Corporation, Datin Usha Nair, Dato’ Simon Foong, Datuk Raziah Mahmud-Geneid, Datuk Ruben Gnanalingam, Diani Lee and Law Wai Cheong.

To add to the cheer, CIMB Islamic will be adding in their own contribution of RM105,000, rounding up the total figure to RM210,000 for the night.

7. The unveiling of the list

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Above  The Generation T 2018 List unveiled. Photo: Mahathir Ramli Kamaruddin

The highlight of all highlights for the night was the unveiling of Generation T List for 2018.

For a dramatic effect, we installed two rotating structures that showcased the listers’ portraits exhibited on coloured lightboxes. After the unveiling, our listers then went onstage to receive a customised portrait in an acrylic frame, in recognition of being a part of our curated list.

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8. The stunning watch tower display from Swiss Watch Gallery and IWC Schaffhausen

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Above  Suhaili Micheline snapping a selfie with Aidil Azman with her exclusive portrait. Photo: Mahathir Ramli Kamaruddin

The unveiling of the list also allowed us to reveal six exclusive portraits that we have done with six individuals chosen by Swiss Watch Gallery and IWC Schaffhausen for a special feature: Suhaili Micheline, Dahlia Nadirah, Arzumy MD, Awal Ashaari and Timothy Tiah.

Guests also took the time to browse through the beautiful timepieces from IWC Schaffhausen, which included the brand's Jubilee collection for 2018.

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9. A game of chance, thanks to Clé de Peau Beauté

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Above  Toh Su Quinn excitedly pointing at her targeted product from Clé de Peau Beauté at the claw machine. Photo: Sean Wong

To keep our guests entertained, our sponsor Clé de Peau Beauté installed a claw machine that had people lining up for a chance to win a gift home for the night. During the celebration, we would occasionally hear excited cheers and shouts signifying our guests have won something.

10. Drinks and some action in the form of a pong table, with Hennessy X.O

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Above  Mixologist Henry Tan at work. Photo: Mahathir Ramli Kamaruddin

Every year, we always expect the best cocktail concoctions from Hennessy X.O and mixologist Henry Tan and boy, do they deliver. To add to the fun factor, they even brought in a pong table, which was a crowd favourite all night long.

Watch this video of Henry in action below on our Instagram account, recorded by a Samsung S9.



11. AR Emoji for keeps, by Samsung S9

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Above  Yi Xin Chan and Andre Lim interacting with the Samsung S9. Photo: Mahathir Ramli Kamaruddin

For a touch of fun and whimsy, guests were invited to test out Samsung S9’s latest AR emoji feature—where they could create avatar emojis of themselves to express their mood and personalities. These AR emojis are then specially printed and presented in a tag for our guests to bring home as a gift.

We also took the Samsung S9 for a spin, where we filmed guest Lynn D Ong having a go at cocktail mixing at the Hennessy cocktail bar.


12. Last but not least—music and feel good vibes all night long—till the early hours of the AM

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Above  Yong Mei Fong, Yap Po Leen and Yong Mei Ling snapping a selfie to commemorate the evening. Photo: Mahathir Ramli Kamaruddin

Our guests proved they knew how to have a good time; even as we wrapped up for the evening—some of them made their way to Kyo KL for an after party. As guests kissed us goodbye with excitement for more parties to come, we can’t help but wonder, how do we top this off next year? Only time will tell.

Want more #GenerationT stories? Visit our Generation T section of the website to discover more about our annual event and list.

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